Michigan's new texting while driving ban begins

      LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan motorists should have one less excuse for being distracted behind the wheel.

      On Thursday, the state's ban on texting while driving takes effect. The law makes it illegal for a person to read, write or send text messages from a cell phone or other device while operating a moving vehicle.

      A violation is a civil infraction with a $100 fine for a first offense and $200 after that.

      The state doesn't add any points to a driver's record for violations.

      Michigan has started a campaign using billboards, posters and a public service announcement to remind people of the new law.

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